There are a lot of benefits of using saffron for skin care. And I guess that was one of the reasons why saffron has been a beauty ingredient used by the royals for many centuries. Saffron is known for its excellent purifying properties and because it is anti-bacterial in nature, it is used in skin care as well. There are many reasons to use saffron in your skin care; from adding that lovely glow to brightening the skin and even improving the skin tone.
How do I use saffron for skin whitening?
Saffron has been used for years to lighten the skin tone naturally. It is one of the most safest ingredients that can be applied on the skin, unless you are allergic to it. You can use saffron as an ingredient in your face mask. Since it is very expensive to use, most people prefer to use skin care creams, lotions and face washes that list saffron as an ingredient it.
5 benefits of using saffron for skin care
Saffron, often considered elixir for skin has various skin care benefits. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal in nature that helps to cleanse your skin naturally. Let’s looks at some amazing benefits of saffron (kesar) for skin.
For glowing skin
Everyone loves skin that glows! If your skin is dull and sallow, try to use saffron in your skin care regime. Saffron is anti-bacterial in nature and it has natural skin enhancing properties. You should use saffron in the winters when your skin tends to get dull and dry. Here’s how to get glowing skin with these DIY face packs.
For skin brightening
Kesar is known to clear spots and lighten the skin tone which helps to enhance your complexion. You cannot apply dried saffron strands on your skin. It is important to use saffron the right way to get the desired results. Saffron are the strands that one gets from flower. It is important to soak the strands to release their magical qualities that helps to lighten the complexion. Always soak saffron strands in water or milk before you use it.
To remove tan
Removing a tan equals to brightening your skin. There are a lot of home remedies using saffron that allows you to de-tan naturally. Infusing a few strands of saffron in cream or malai overnight is one of most sought after home remedies to remove a tan. Apply this mix on the affected area to lighten the tan effectively. Read more about the best chemical -free tan removing products available in India.
To tone the skin
Did you know that you can add a few strands of saffron to pure rose water and use it as a regular toner? I recommend using the pure rose water from Mitti Se. Toning is an important step in your skin care regime. Let the saffron strands infuse in rose water for as long as you use it. Once you have cleansed your face, dab a bit of the infused toner in a cotton ball and wipe your face with it. Let it dry on its own.
To get rid of acne
The anti-fungal properties of saffron makes it a preferred ingredient to treat acne, breakouts and blemishes. Saffron as mentioned earlier also has anti-bacterial properties that will help to heal your skin effectively when used regularly. Saffron also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that helps to reduce irritation of skin. In some cases it also helped to reduce the rashes.
5 Homemade Saffron Face Packs For Flawless Skin
Saffron & Milk for Acne
Soak about 6 strands of saffron in 3 tbsp of milk for an hour. Mix this well and apply as a mask on the face and neck. Let it stay for 30 minutes before you wash off with cold water. Repeat this at least thrice a week for best results,
Saffron & Honey
Got dry and itchy skin? Mix 5-6 strands of saffron with 1 tbsp of honey. Let it infuse for 1 hour. Apply this as a thin layer on the face and neck. Honey helps to naturally moisturize your skin. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash off with tepid water. Pat your skin dry with a soft cloth and use a natural moisturizer if required.
Saffron & Almonds Exfoliating Scrub
Soak 6 almonds and 6 strands of saffron overnight. Blend to just short of a smooth paste. Apply on the skin and let it dry. Wet your face a bit and rub in circular motion to let the almonds gently exfoliate your skin.
Saffron & Basil for breakouts
Coarsely grind 6-8 basil leaves with 8 strands of saffron together with enough water ina mortar and pestle. Apply on affected areas. Let it stay for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water.
Saffron & Olive Oil
Want a natural skin booster as you sleep? Mix 3-4 saffron strands with half a tsp of olive oil. Let it infuse for at least 30 minutes. Massage this oil on the face and neck in upward motion till it is completely absorbed into the skin. Wipe off excess oil with an organic wet wipes if required. You can leave this oil overnight to enhance your skin tone. You can substitute olive oil with pure almond oil or coconut oil. If you are using it as a body oil, you can also use sesame oil.